I thought of buying originals, but then the cost hit me. Repros all the way as much as I can. To me, originals belong with people like Ferg1, where one large collection of originals is somewhat better that hundreds having just one. Just my thoughts.
I've yet to find out what happened with MvR's medals. The PLM was required to be worn at all times, apparently, so what happened to it? Similarly with the EK1 & 2, although he often went up in his pyjamas and flying suit, his last flight was late enough in the morning that he would've dressed properly, ie tunic plus medals.
I haven't read anything to support his medals going missing, but have read that his Ordenkissen carrying his medals was present at the 1925 funeral, so more likely the medals were stolen by the Russians in 1945 than by the Brits/Aussies in 1918.